Those who will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition will have a broad view of what design means, and how design effects every single aspect of our daily lives. Design is not just about embellishing objects. Design helps to solve human challenges and needs. Design means experimentation and taking risks. In this context, we would like to state that the general standard is high, however, we have detected a decrease of innovative aspects of design concepts and a lack of 'design for all'-led solutions from BIO 19.
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of BIO, it is a good opportunity to have a look at the past and review the changes that took place. But we also believe that it would be a much better opportunity to look forward and analyse future challenges and opportunities of how the region should react to a totally globalised economy.
We believe that Slovenia should develop all those elements that could add value to the products. The region should capitalise on the quality and creativity of craft and industry traditions, to adapt to the needs of the global market. The paradox is that in the global market, local aspects play a more significant role in differentiation. BIO can help to lead and reflect this transformation.
Francisco Carrera (Spain) - President of International Jury BIO 20
Judit Várhelyi (ICSID, Hungary)
Leimei Julia Chiu (Japan)
Jacques Lange (Icograda, Republic of South Africa)
Carlo Branzaglia (BEDA and EIDD - Design for All Europe, Italy)
BIO GOLD MEDAL
me Markus T spectacles
Designer: Markus Temming
Client & Producer: deSIGN Markus T GmbH, Gütersloh
The jury has unanimously agreed to present the BIO 20 Gold Award to me Markus T for its outstanding combination of innovative technology with high quality design. The hinge system that connects the middle part and temple without any screws guarantees unlimited and regular temples. The titanium clip pad fixes the lenses and functions as the nose pad. The special composition of polyamide and glass fibre sets new standards.
DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD, PRESENTED BY ICSID
Refrigerator of the Gorenje Pininfarina kitchen line
Designer: Pininfarina Extra s.r.l, Cambiano (TO), Italy; Design center Gorenje, Velenje
Client & Producer: Gorenje d.d., Velenje
This freestanding fridge and freezer unit is beautifully styled with extruded aluminium panels and an integrated touch screen. The interior is highly functional - flexible shelves, trays and boxes hold items of any size. The jury appreciated the high quality of the exterior and interior finishes.
ICOGRADA EXCELLENCE AWARD
HIT corporate visual identity
Designer: Gigodesign d.o.o., Ljubljana
Client: HIT d.d., Nova Gorica
Producer: Collegium Graphicum, Ljubljana
The corporate identity programme successfully incorporates a diversity of subsidiary and product identities into a clearly organised and integrated system. Outstanding features are the manner in which colour and shape is used to unify the diversity of brand personalities as well as projecting a common visual language that underpins the organisation's corporate philosophy and personality. The system's flexibility and two and three-dimensional applications show true ingenuity.
BEDA EUROPEAN DESIGN AWARD
Brachia Olive bottle
Designer: Izvorka Serdarević, Jelena Zečević
Client: Brachia p.z., Supetar na Braču
Producer: Studio Cro-ker, Zagreb; Sitopapir d.o.o., Zagreb
This original hand made packaging solution reflects the personality of the brand as well as the premium quality of the product. The success of this design solution lies in the clever integration of its product design, branding and communication properties. The product is also differentiated from others in the marketplace due to its reusability as a decorative and functional object.
RTV SLOVENIA AWARD FOR A STUDENT'S WORK
Designer: Primo? Porenta, Lojze Čema?ar, Kristijan Levstek, Iztok ?gavec
Tutor: Gregor Markelj, Igor Stanko, The Secondary School of Photography and Design, Ljubljana
Client: Tomos d.o.o., Koper
The finished product reflects not only the spirit of the superb artisanship of Slovenia's youth but also provides the commissioner, Tomos, new inspiration for the development of new models. It is a daunting task for industries in emerging economies to transform themselves from franchised-based manufacturing to home-grown design and manufacturing trade that reflects the unique brand values of a country. The Motos story gives us a glimpse of hope for how our future generation has the power and vision to live up to the new challenges if they are given the opportunities.
GOOD PROJECT AWARD
Sekanka fireproof façade deep profile panel
Designer: David Cugelj
Tutor: Janez Smerdelj, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana
Client: Trimo d.d., Trebnje
Trimo, a company specialising in pre-fabricated steel facilities and building materials collaborated with students to design solutions for a new fireproof façade panels. The jury was impressed by the sophistication of this student's solution and believes that the project reflects how good cooperation between young designers, their mentors and the private sector can result in innovative opportunities.
GOOD PROJECT AWARD
Cockta glass and bottle
Designer: Andra? Tarman
Tutor: Vladimir Pezdirc, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana
Client: Droga Kolinska d.d., Ljubljana
The nostalgia of the traditional Cocta soft drink brand is successfully updated to reflect contemporary values by introducing new ergonomic and aesthetic factors into the shape of the bottle. The success of the solution lies in the cultural references of the region from where it originates and contributes to the positioning of the product quality.
GOOD PROJECT AWARD
Designer: Primo? Tom?ič, Aljo?a Podbr?ček
Client: Kolpa d.d., Novo Mesto
This set of products has been designed to fit in a unique medium-sized cardboard box, using the wheels of one of the components for easy transportation. The range includes a diversity of components that is cheap, stylish, witty, and easy to mount and clean. It is a perfect solution for young people.
Artweger Twinline bath tub with shower bath
Designer: GP designpartners GmbH, Vienna
Client & Producer: Artweger GmbH & Co., Bad Ischl
This is an effective design solution that to combines a bath and shower that is easily accessible to almost all people. The jury recognised the potential to increase accessibility for movement-impaired people by adding safety features such as handles, seating and anti-slip surfaces, which will make it a real 'design for all' product.
Designer: Porsche Design Studio, Zell am Zee
Client & Producer: BSH Hi?ni aparati d.o.o., Nazarje, Slovenia
This is a professional way of improving a common kitchen device that introduces functions and elements that solve old practical problems. The product is easy to use and clean; it has no superficial gadgets or complex operations, allowing elderly and disabled people to use it with great ease.
Luxury yacht and hotel tap
Designer: Élodie Poidatz Design: Élodie Poidatz
Client & Producer: Serdaneli International, Bagneux
This design solution offers and elegant combination of modern technology and traditional
hand-made elements. The wooden pieces inserted on the cast metal parts combine boat
construction materials and technology with contemporary design solutions.
Designer: Oloop, Ljubljana
Producer: Oloop, Ljubljana
Felt, a traditional craft-material is used in a novel way, as the outer skin for soap. The products have a poetic quality, reminiscent of mossy rocks in muted colours. The product is a refreshingly individual gift or a small affordable luxury that will provide satisfying and tranquil personal experiences.
City of Bratislava corporate visual identity
Designer: Martin ?ilinský
Client: Mesto Bratislava/City of Bratislava, Bratislava
A brilliant solution that achieves high visibility through a light-hearted approach to the wide range of applications that is typical of the city's character and identity. The identity programme raises citizen's awareness and pride for their city and assists them and tourists in navigating the diverse services and attractions that the city offers with the assistance of an innovative way-finding system.
Nanospider machine for production of nanofibre textiles
Designer: Design Studio Appl, Prague: Alexius Appl
Client & Producer: Elmarco s.r.o., Liberec
THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The patented technology for industrial-scale production of nanofibrous textiles is incorporated into a well-designed work environment. 'Good design' in this industrial setting translates into an ordered, uncluttered production line, where technology is humanised to improve the work experience for factory staff.
lbs_mmv lighting system
Designer: Arcus Mőhely
Client: Arcadom Rt., Budapest
Producer: Arcus Mőhely, Budapest
This ingenious ceiling light system is based on set of modular items that creates an evocative theatrical effect that reminds one of a unique biological organism.
EIDD - Design for All Europe Award
The jury decided not to bestow the EIDD Design for All Europe Award because no product displayed exceptional consideration of to the principles of the Design for All methodology.